top pinoy delicacies

1. Lumpia

What it is: Filipino–style spring rolls.

Why it’s awesome: The filling varies, but one thing remains the same: You can (and will) inhale them by the dozen. Recipes here and here.

2. Sinigang

Sinigang

What it is: Hot and sour soup.

Why it’s awesome: Tamarind paste and calamansi (or Philippine lime) juice infuse the broth with its signature sour flavor. This version calls for salty chunks of pork and a splash of creamy coconut milk to round out things out. Recipe here.

3. Chicken Afritada

Chicken Afritada

What it is: Chicken stew.

Why it’s awesome: Spanish influences can be found throughout Filipino cuisine, and this tomato-based stew with chicken, peppers, and onions is one of the heartiest examples. Recipe here.

4. Cassava Cake

Cassava Cake

What it is: A creamy, not-too-sweet dessert made from cassava root and coconut milk.

Why it’s awesome: It’s sweet, but not cloyingly so. For texture, the top is broiled until it’s almost crunchy. It can also be made gluten-free. Recipe here.

5. Pancit Palabok

Pancit Palabok

What it is: Noodles!

Why it’s awesome: It’s a super versatile, catch-all dish that centers around a simple, savory combination of meat, veggies, and noodles. Recipe here.

6. Ube Ice Cream

What it is: Exactly what it sounds like: ice cream made from the root crop ube, also known as purple yam.

Why it’s awesome: Purple ice cream. ‘Nuff said. Recipe here.

7. Pork Adobo

Pork Adobo

What it is: Tender pork belly braised in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, oil, and bay leaves.

Why it’s awesome: All of the flavors? Check. Recipe here.

8. Chicken Bistek

Chicken Bistek

What it is: Meat cooked in a sauce of soy and citrus.

Why it’s awesome: Soy sauce is cut with lemon juice or calamansi to make an addictive, tangy marinade. Recipe here.

9. Chicharon

Chicharon

What it is: Fried pork rinds.

Why it’s awesome: Fried. Pork. Rinds. Recipe here.

10. Calamansi Whiskey Sour

Calamansi Whiskey Sour

What it is: A cocktail highlighting one of the most frequently used fruits in Filipino cooking.

Why it’s awesome: The only thing better than calamansi? Calamansi spiked with whiskey. Recipe here.

11. Bibingka

What it is: Sweet coconut cake.

Why it’s awesome: Rice flour + coconut cream = a Filipino Christmastime treat that’s delicious enough to eat year-round. Recipe here.

12. Sizzling Pork Sisig

Sizzling Pork Sisig

What it is: Pork parts (often: head, liver, cheeks) mixed with onions, chiles, citrus, and egg.

Why it’s awesome: The pork is prepped in multiple ways — in this case: boiled then grilled — then served on a sizzling hot plate. Recipe here.

13. Kare-Kare

Kare-Kare

What it is: Oxtail stew.

Why it’s awesome: The key ingredient that brings everything together? Peanut butter. Recipe here.

14. Halo-Halo

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What it is: Dessert made with a hodgepodge of ingredients, including shaved ice, sweet beans, fruit, tapioca, and ube ice cream.

Why it’s awesome: Halo-halo means “mix mix” in Tagalog, and that’s exactly what you’re supposed to do with it. Recipe here.

15. Lechon

Lechon

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